Get Creative with Kindness – 4 Activities for the Classroom

Tweet Kindness is something that should be fostered all year round.  Yet, this week is a great time to emphasize kindness as a way to harness all the excitement that may come from the arrival of Valentine’s Day.  At the elementary level, Valentine’s Day is a BIG deal – full of excitement, decorated paper bags […]

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Keep Your Students Motivated Over the Holidays

Tweet Louise Blake comes back to us once more for some great ideas that are seasonal and practical.  Let us know if you try some of these activities.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Christmas and the Holiday season is one of the best times to be a teacher – the plays, the music and the kids’ excitement couldn’t […]

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Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom

Tweet Louise Blake comes back to us with some Thanksgiving ideas for the classroom.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Every teacher knows how the holiday season can be one of the most difficult in the classroom. Children are full of Thanksgiving and Christmas excitement and, for most, the thoughts at the forefront of their minds will be solely […]

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DaDa, Bach and Halloween (a fun activity to try)

Tweet Halloween is an interesting season in the education world.  At the elementary level, it’s a major holiday.  However, I remember feeling a sense of void in those ghoulish ways when I taught middle school.  But, I also remember going wild in high school as a senior with costumes and minor pranks.  Regardless, there’s the […]

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Keep Them Motivated through Halloween

Tweet For me, Halloween can be a challenge.  The build up and the sugar alone make it hard to keep kids focused.  Today we have a guest post from Louise Blake who will give us some great ideas and activities to help keep kids engaged and motivated through the season.  ~EMP Fall is probably one […]

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Grasping a Teachable, Musical Moment to Write

Tweet Sometimes you have such a teachable moment and you just have to go with it.  That’s what happened the other day during my class’s Active Listening time at snack.  Each day my students and I listen to music – one piece per week.  We listen, discuss and learn about music and how music is […]

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How to Inspire and Educate Students

Tweet It’s important to take the time, now and again to refresh your classroom and give yourself the chance to be inspired so that you can be inspiring to your students.  That’s the motto around here!   Today, guest blogger, Nancy Parker, gives a few ideas to do just that!  ~EMP Many teachers wish to inspire […]

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Ways to Complement Classroom Lessons

Tweet The internet has many valuable resources for teachers and students.  Here are some great ideas for complementing a lesson or activity you already do with your students.  Consider a lesson that could use some sprucing up or needs a touch of something to liven it up (I know I can think of a few […]

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Excite Young Writers with Blogging

Tweet Blogging is a form of writing and for young writers, AKA our students, it can be an exciting venue to express their thoughts and complete assignments! I experimented with student blogging at the end of last year in June.  Yes, it was the last month of school and I went ahead with the plan.  […]

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